Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch

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Photo of St Michael's Church on an old postcard Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 11 - For this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais”, I’ve selected a classic shot of St Michael’s Church with Castell Coch in the distance. If you’re a regular reader, you may have seen this image before but I thought it would be interesting to try and work out when it was taken. It looks like whoever bought ... more...
Castell Coch Research Project screenshot Castell Coch Research Project - Cadw have launched a new project to crowdsource research about Castell Coch. Custodian Tim Parry explains, “We at Cadw would like to encourage proactivity whilst everyone is self-isolating. We are inviting local groups, communities and individuals – anybody who is interested, in fact – to come together and participate in a project about Castell Coch. ... more...
Ivy House farm, Tongwynlais, wide angle from yard, 7/4/2000 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 3 - If you’ve enjoyed the previous instalments of this series, then you’re in for another treat. This may be the final post in the series as I haven’t seen any new images added to the project recently. The images below take us from 1984 to the year 2000. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...
Postcard of cottages in front of Castell Coch, Tongwynlais Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 10 - Welcome to the latest chapter in my series featuring postcards from Tongwynlais. This instalment features a view of the “Castell Coch Cottages”, which used to sit on the hillside beneath the castle and overlook the River Taff. These cottages can be found on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map of Glamorganshire. They were demolished in 1969 ... more...
Greenmeadow House Map 1837 Greenmeadow: A Country Home - I’ve been looking into the history of Greenmeadow House recently and I’m working on a detailed piece about the mansion and the Lewis family. In the meantime I thought I’d share these images from a 1910 story in The Cardiff Times and a summary of its history. The article from 19th February 1910 describes the ... more...